History wins the day at Aberdeen Grammar

12th January 2001 at 00:00
An Aberdeen experiment in democracy has produced a clear result in favour of the status quo. Parents, pupils and teachers have voted decisively in the first city-wide poll to retain the name of Aberdeen Grammar and ditch a planned policy on naming schools.

The city's bid to test opinion about names of schools and community centres comes amid a continuing wrangle about places at the popular 900-year-old grammar.

Critics complained that there was a cachet attached to attendance at the grammar which placed pupils from academies at a disadvantage.

But most who replied to a questionnaire prefer life as it is. Some 52 per cent said there should be no change to the grammar name, although 35.5per cent said there should. More than six out of 10 parents wanted no change.

Some 95 per cent of parents, pupils and teachers at the grammar itself wanted no change.

In contrast, a significant minority of teachers from other schools - 44.6 per cent - believe the grammar should change. This feeling was strongest at Bankhead, Harlaw, Kincorth, Linksfield, Northfield and Torry academies - most of which serve disadvantaged communities.

Most people believe "academy" is the best title for a secondary. Pupils recorded the highest turnout at 50.3 per cent, followed by teachers at 39.7 per cent and parents at 23.3 per cent. Some 25,681 questionnaires were issued and 9,177 returned.

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